Using wing plumage is an effective way to tell the breed and sex of a duck. In this video, learn about how to tell the difference between common dabbling ducks: pintail, wigeon, gadwall, shoveler.
Each year since 1961, fish and wildlife professionals gather together to learn more about waterfowl populations by examining duck wings and goose wing tips and tail feathers submitted by hunters. Using age, sex, and breed, helps set annual hunting regulations, ensuring the best possible opportunities for both hunting and healthy waterfowl populations.
For more information on how to participate, visit https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/harvest-surveys.php